Opening Weekend at la Galerie Simoncini au Luxembourg

Video capture Paige Mitchell

Amazing week (preparing, setting up, installing) and uplifting weekend (painting, reading, performing) at the Simoncini Gallery in Luxembourg. We had a three-day opening party during which we nomadically performed our collaborations moving across the three floors of the exhibition.

At the lower level we have installed a complete set of Pierre Joris’ publications — about 60 books & chapbooks moving between poetry, essays & translations. The earliest publications date from 1969; in 1990 begins the years of our collaborations: it includes art work I created for Pierre’s books & videos (12 are available at the galerie) on Pierre’s life & work.
The readings at that level thus focused on our Domopoetics world. The readings on the 1st floor (or 2nd floor in the US!) focused on my recent books & carnets as exhibited there. The performance on the ground level was dedicated to live Action Paintings — I made 5 this weekend! — with Pierre reading from The Book Of U, his new book of poems published by Editions Simoncini with my translation and illustrations for the limited edition.

On Friday Man’ok performed on bass with us. On Saturday & Sunday Pierre DJ’d sound files by earlier collaborators Holland Hopson & Michael Bisio.

So far this has been a truly superb experience for us and, we hope, for the many visitors, from old friends to the people who came in because they saw the action in progress from the street.

The show will run until November 26 and a few more Actions will occur.

With many thanks to André Simoncini & Ingrid Anders and their incredible team of collaborators who made it possible.

Here is the first batch of documentation organized by sections:
Opening Weekend Actions:
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Ground Floor : Action PaintingsIMG_9402https://photos.app.goo.gl/bGESyWOB6cJvzzxm1

Basement floor : Domopoetics Zone
DOMOPOETICS ZONE
https://photos.app.goo.gl/5cnQFIUaOCzk30mO2

Upper Floor: Works by NicoleIMG_9392https://photos.app.goo.gl/zPfGJdZq6zGo2U7Q2

Galerie Simoncini Editions:
The Book of U / Le livre des cormorans

Poems by Pierre Joris
Translations & Original illustration Nicole Peyrafitte

https://photos.app.goo.gl/3x5r9g0dRrXeoAAo1

PRESS:
Pre-Opening article:
http://www.woxx.lu/exposition-et-performances-petit-traite-de-domopoetique/

And if you are invited to the finissage at 4PM on Saturday November 25!

*OrgaGinal* Show in Luchon – France

From June 1-30

*OrgaGinal* : intallations/show/performance

Organic /Organique
Deriving from all and any living matter and primarily characterizes a continuous development between encountered elements.
Vient de toute matière vivante et surtout caractérise un développement continue entre des éléments rencontrés.

Deriving from living tissues or from transformations undergone by the products of living organisms.
Qui provient de tissus vivants ou de transformations subies par les produits d’organismes vivants.

Concerning, producing, favoring organization while inherently belonging to this organization.
Qui concerne, produit, favorise l’organisation et est inherent à cette organisation.

A person whose fantasy is in some way organic” Jean Cocteau.
”Personne dont la fantaisie est en quelque sorte organique” Cocteau.

Original/Original
Deriving from something that exists since its origin.
Vient de quelque chose qui existe depuis son origine.

Raw, initial, native, primal, primitif.
Brut, initial, originaire, premier, primitif.

Which comes directly from its author and its source.
Qui émane directement de son auteur et de sa source.

Created for the purpose at hand.
Qui a été créé pour les besoins de la cause.

Behaving in a manner that belongs only to herself and that may appear eccentric, extravagant, particular, singular.
Qui se comporte d’une manière qui n’appartient qu’à elle et qui peut paraître excentrique, extravagante, particulière, singulière.

My “origin” lies, here (written June 2016) in Luchon — where I was born in 1960 and where I lived until 1982. I have been in the US since 1987. First in San Diego and now in Brooklyn. My work as a pluridisciplinary artist leads to much travel, and thus to very varied works: performances, drawings, paintings, texts, voice work, film & video, cooking… I am not attached to one specific form or genre, I use what I need.
Mon “origine” se trouve ici (écrit en juin 2016), à Luchon, —j’y suis née en 1960 et y ai vécu jusqu’en 1982. Je suis aux USA depuis 1987. D’abord à San-Diego et maintenant à Brooklyn. Mon travail d’artiste pluridisciplinaire me conduit à voyager, d’où des travaux très variés: performances, dessins, peintures, textes, travail de la voix, films, cuisine .… Je ne suis pas attachée à une forme particulière, j’utilise ce dont j’ai besoin.

*OrgaGinal* is the portmanteau word which defines my in/quest to communicate with the ancestral female unconscious, but also with everything that permits heuristic discovery. That is to say, the art to search for what one finds; thus this mantra that has been following me for quite some time and that is also the title of my next film: “Things fall where they lie.”
*OrgaGinal* est mon mot valise qui définit mon en/quête pour communiquer avec l’inconscient féminin ancestral, mais aussi avec tout ce qui permet une découverte heuristique. C’est-à-dire l’art de chercher ce qu’on trouve; d’où le mantra qui me suit depuis longtemps et qui est le titre de mon prochain film: “Les choses tombent où elle reposent.”

Event with the exibition: Concert avec/ with Connie Crothers

Article in La Dépêche


Happy Trails!

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A Happy New Year to Y’all! May the force of health & creativity be with you!

        Given our family’s nomadic proclivities, permit us a little résumé of ‘15 & a preview of ‘16 as we are readying ourselves to drive to Boise, ID at dawn on the New Year’s first morning. (We will therefore, sadly, not be able to take part in the 2016 annual Poetry Project Marathon readin’ & eatin’ fest for the first time in many years.)

     2015 started with a late January trip for readings & performances to Israel & Palestine, that took us into February, followed in March by a trip to the West Coast, then in April we were in  Minneapolis and after a few weeks home in Bay Ridge we lit out for two months in Alt Europa, specifically the South of France: Nicole had a show of her artwork in the Galerie Edouard Paradis in Marseilles, then at the May/June cusp a literary festival “Les Eauditives” in Barjol to celebrate the publishing of the French edition of Bi-Valve by Plaine Page, followed in early June by a collaborative performance at the “Jardin des 5 sens et des Formes Premières” in Aix-en-Provence, followed in turn by readings in Paris around the marché de la Poésie. 

      On 30 June we landed back in Nueva York & five days later flew off to Durango, Mexico to the Encuentro Internacional de “Escritores José Revueltas,” to celebrate the publication of Pierre’s Mawqif: Poemas y ensayos (Selected poems & essays). We then happily spent the remainder of the summer here with moult visits to Coney Island beaches.


Above is a 4 minutes résumé of Nicole & Pierre’s summer

    Pierre would fly off to Paris & Luxembourg in early September to get to work on the first of his shows as resident author of the Luxembourg National Theater— a show that premiered in early late October to excellent notices form the Luxembourg media. Meanwhile Nicole had also returned to Europe & we both did readings and talks at the University of Mulhouse, and in late October a joint reading in Toulouse under the aegis of our good friend Serge Pey. It was fun once again reading in the Cave Poésie a place we had worked in many years earlier.

    Nicole had already spent a few weeks in October in Luchon in pre-production of Things Fall Where They Lie a film she then shot during the first ten days of November: an amazing, tiring, inspiring experience with Nicole as director & Pierre as gofer & an excellent team including Steve Dalachinsky & Yuko Otomo, Eric Sarner and Katalin Pataki as protagonists and crew including Asa Westcott, Zia Anger,  Agnès Mathon, Jean-Louis Peyrafitte & in co production with Ecran Sud. While Nicole stayed in Luchon for an extra week to wrap things up, Pierre went off to Paris to be interviewed for a film on Osip Mandelstam & Paul Celan & was thus in that City on Friday 13. We flew back to New York on the 22nd. Also in 2015 Nicole had great the opportunity to perform with Michael Bisio, Connie Crothers, Steve Swell, Jason Hwang, Trio Erms, Denis Brun, Armoire Normande, Yoshiko Chuma. And we are now preparing our 4-months move to Boise Idaho. 

    2016 Preview:  At BSU Nicole will be teaching two courses, on on food and culture called What Do We Eat? Why Do We Eat It? Where Does It Come From? How Do We Cook It? & another one: Poetry Perfromance Practice, while Pierre teaches a grad seminar on poetry & poetics. We have already done out best to surround us with friends: in early February Jerry & Diane Rothenberg will be coming in to go to both our seminars & for Jerry to do a talk & reading; in late March Habib Tengour will come in from Paris for a 2-day conference Pierre is organizing around Arab literature & translation (More details t..b.a.).

    While Nicole will be off to the Coast at some point for performance & readings, Pierre will be doing a talk & reading at the U of Oklahoma in March or April. We will both be performing at The New Orleans Poetry Festival on April 16.

Meanwhile, son Miles, who finished his first feature film, As You Are, in November, on which his brother Joseph is producer & post-production editor, had the film accepted at the Sundance Festival in the US drama section competition. We will drive down to Park City from Boise to witness the premiere on January 25. 

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    During the first week of May we will drive back (the Northern route through the Dakotas) to Nueva York, where after 10 days or so we’ll switch suitcases and then Pierre will be off to Luxembourg for work on the second play, a 3-act drama, that will premiere at the LNT on 14 June, while Nicole will wing it to Luchon where she has a one month one-woman show of her art plus performances June1-30. Après, on verra… Home in Bay Ridge would, we are sure, feel very, very welocme by then. dreaming of Coney Island beaches…

    Don’t worry, the car has been perfectly winterized, fitted out with 4 brand-new Michelin all-weather tires. We will of course keep you updated on the various twists our paths will take in 2016. We are planning to give updates of the road trip on Facebook/Blogs/Instagram….follow us!

   Bona anada, feliz anno nuevo, bonne année, e schei’nt neit Jo’er, a nappy ewe’s ear, & however else you want to say it,

Pierre & Nicole

Spring & Early Summer Schedule

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SFO, OAKLAND, MINNEAPOLIS, PRINCETON, NYC,

MARSEILLES, BARJOLS, AIX-EN-PROVENCE, PARIS

Our next four months are filled with truly exciting performances, readings, screenings, collaborations, book launches, art shows & we sure are looking forward to see you here or there.
Meanwhile, thank you for your support & happy spring — keep in touch!
Nicole & Pierre

SAN-FRANCISCO
Wednesday, March 18  7PM
Breathturn Into Timestead: The Collected Later Poetry of Paul Celan
with poet-translator Pierre Joris; multimedia by NP.
Event cosponsored by The Poetry Center and City Lights Books
City Lights Booksellers & Publishers
261 Columbus Ave, San Francisco, California 94133
Facebook event page

 Thursday, March 19  4:30PM
PJ & NP reading/performance
The Poetry Center, San Francisco State University
1600 Holloway Ave, San Francisco, California 94132
HUM 512, SFSU, 4:30 pm, free
Facebook event page

OAKLAND
Saturday March 21 2PM
PJ & NP reading/performance
La Commune Cafe and Bookstore
4799 Shattuck Ave, Oakland, California 94609
Facebook event: here

NEW YORK CITY
Thursday April 2   9PM
“Inferno” Reading
PJ takes part in reading of Dante’s Inferno.
Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine
1047 Amsterdam Avenue at 112th Street New York, NY 10025Wednesday  April 15   7PM
Maghrebi Translations Reading
PJ reads North African authors
McNally Jackson Books, 52 Prince Street, New York, NY 10012
MINNEAPOLIS – AWP conference
Thursday  April 9  12:00 – 13:30PM
PJ on panel: Translating Prosody
Minneapolis Convention Center – Room 211 C&D

Thursday, April 9  5-11PM
Rain Taxi 20th Anniversary Bash at Walker Art Center
5-9 PM: Screenings of Basil King:Mirage —film co-directed by Miles Joris-Peyrafitte & Nicole Peyrafitte — every half hour in the Lecture Room, free
(museum entrance free that evening!).
Facebook page event here
Film trailer here
5:30 PM: Book signing by Basil King in the Bazinet Lobby, Free
8:00 PM: NP & PJ part of the Rain Taxi “Greatest Hits” Poetry Reading, in the Walker Cinema, Tickets $10 ($8 Walker members);
book signing in lobby & party to follow
Friday, April 10, 2015   9-10:15AM
PJ moderates panel: Celan and Language: Cross-Cultural Greatness
Room M100 H&I, Mezzanine Level

Friday, April 10 7-9PM
NP & PJ at the Lunar Chandelier group reading
James and Mary Booksellars
250 Third Avenue North. Minneapolis


PRINCETON UNIVERSITY
Thursday, April 23 4:30 PM
PJ Paul Celan talk  -info here
105 Chancellor Green, Princeton, N.J.
followed by Poetry Reading -Room TBA

NEW YORK CITY
Tuesday April 28th 7PM
Arts for Art’s April Evolving Pop-Up
Nicole Peyrafitte / Yoshiko Chuma, dance / Steve Swell, trombone
Clemente Soto Vélez Cultural & Educational Center
107 Suffolk Street, New York 10002
Facebook event: here

Tuesday April 21st 
Pierre Joris & Nicole Peyrafitte
Reading for Centenary of the Armenian Genocide
Holy Cross Church of Armenia, 580 West 187th Street,  New York
Facebook event: here

FRANCE
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SETE
May 1-3

NP & PJ —full of quid—will interfere at:
KALMARS ATTAKS SETE
Exhibition-Performance-Conference extraordinaire
Curated by Didier Calleja
Facebook event: here

PROVENCE
May 7- June 24
OÙ Galerie Paradis
Exhibition with Philippe TURC, Nicole PEYRAFITTE, Anne KIESECOMS
Commissariat Denis Brun
152 rue Paradis, 13006 Marseille
Opening / vernissage:  May 16th

May 29, 30 & 31
NP at Festival Les Eauditives en Provence Verte
Barjols 83670
Several performances & launch of French edition of Bi-Valve: Espace Vulvique /Connaissance Vulvique

Sunday, June 7    7PM
Jardin des 5 Sens & des Formes Premières 
Saint-Marc-Jaumegarde  13100
NP Perfdinatoire! Guest artist: Denis Brun

PARIS
Tuesday, June 9    7PM
PJ & NP reading/performance for Paris Poets Live Series at Berkeley Books of Paris
8 Rue Casimir-Delavigne, 75006 Paris – France

IT ALREADY HAPPENED:
Nicole’s performance at The Poetry Project  on Wednesday March 25th 2015: here
Cabaret Hérétique w/ Adrain Cohen at Bowery Poetry & Science on Sunday March 8th, snippet: here
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NP Showing at Sun of a Beach 2

On the occasion of the Opening of the Artist Studios of the City of Marseille, I invite you cordially to come to see the second edition of the collective exhibition “SUN OF A BEACH” that will present, this year, 27 artists of diverse geographical, cultural and formal horizons.

It will take place from 26 till 28 September from 3 pm till 9 p, then from September 29th till October 10th
by appointment by calling 00(33) (0)6 62 85 73 98.

9 rue du Poirier – GF right – 13002 Marseille
Thank you.

Denis BRUN
www.denisbrun.com